Toyota Canada Inc. reported that Toyota and Lexus hybrid electric vehicles (5,097 units sold) accounted for a record 19.4% of total sales in May and led to a 9.1% overall sales increase for its second best month ever.

The all-new made-in-Canada RAV4 hybrid (2,261 units sold, up 184.4%) and the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid (957 units sold, up 125.2%), both had record months.

This increase in hybrid electric vehicle purchases reflects the results of a recent Canada-wide Ipsos poll commissioned by TCI, which found that 40% of respondents were considering more fuel-efficient electrified vehicles to avoid high prices at the pump and 52% were likely to purchase an electrified vehicle within the next five years.

TCI’s Toyota Division reported sales of 24,010 in May, up 9%, while the Lexus luxury division reported its best May ever, with sales of 2,290 units, up 9.5%.

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